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July 26th, 2004

Salon discusses The hysterical skies

That her story concludes in such a painfully boring anticlimax ought to be the very point, and in the final few pages she still has time for a constructive moral, the clear lesson being not the potentials of global terror, but the dangers of our own preconceptions and imagination. Instead, she pulls a vile U-turn and chooses to bait us with racist innuendo and fearmongering. Nothing happened, but something might have happened, and so it serves us to remain frightened and draconian at all costs, furthering our nation’s pathetic embrace of maximum paranoia.

Jacobsen’s kicker: “So the question is … Do I think these men were musicians? I’ll let you decide. But I wonder, if 19 terrorists can learn to fly airplanes into buildings, couldn’t 14 terrorists learn to play instruments?”

Excuse me? She concludes, as did the radio host Tuesday morning, by insinuating that the men were terrorists, despite every shred of evidence, not to mention common sense, arguing to the contrary. And with that her article, and her credibility with it, plummets from merely sensationalist to inexcusably offensive.

Have you heard the one about the 14 Muslim musicians on an airplane? Annie Jacobsen thinks they are dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed to make her hyperventilate.

Snopes also has some facts to add to her diminishing tall tale. I’m indebted to BoingBoing for the links.

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